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By Martin Fichman

Codiscoverer of the speculation of evolution via usual choice, Alfred Russel Wallace may be famous as one of many titans of Victorian technology. in its place he has lengthy been relegated to a secondary position at the back of Darwin. Worse, many students have neglected or perhaps mocked his major contributions to different features of Victorian tradition. With An Elusive Victorian, Martin Fichman offers the 1st finished analytical examine of Wallace's existence and debatable highbrow career.

Fichman examines not just Wallace's clinical paintings as an evolutionary theorist and box naturalist but additionally his philosophical matters, his involvement with theism, and his dedication to land nationalization and different sociopolitical reforms akin to women's rights. As Fichman indicates, Wallace labored all through his existence to combine those humanistic and medical pursuits. His objective: the advance of an evolutionary cosmology, a unified imaginative and prescient of humanity's position in nature and society that he was hoping may make sure the dignity of all individuals.

To demonstrate the numerous elements of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but additionally probes the contents of his lesser identified writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of think about Wallace's technology as precise from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a together invaluable courting among the 2, one that formed Wallace into the most memorable characters of his time. absolutely situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its old and cultural context, Fichman's cutting edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technological know-how, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.

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